Bulldogs reportedly interviewing top recruiter

ATHENS — Corey Raymond, one of LSU’s most renown recruiters, is reportedly on the UGA campus this weekend interviewing with Georgia football coaches. 

That’s according to a report by LSU.Rivals.com on Saturday, which says the Tigers’ cornerbacks coach is due to remain in Athens through Sunday. 

Raymond is considered the Tigers’ No. 1 recruiter ever since he joined the staff in 2012. Raymond reeled in cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., the No. 1 prospect in the nation as an early signee in LSU’s most recent class. He’s known in Louisiana as “the Godfather of DBU.” 

Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart currently has openings for a secondary coach and/or a defensive coordinator and for a tight ends coach on the offensive side of the ball. It’s an unclear whether Smart would offer the coordinator’s position to Raymond. At LSU, he shares defensive backfield duties with safeties coach Bill Busch and reportedly defers a lot of the on-field coaching responsibilities to Bush. 

Raymond, who will turn 50 in July, currently earns $410,000 annually at LSU, according to the USA Today college football assistant coach data base. That’s sixth on the LSU staff and 205th in the nation. Raymond is in the last year of a three-year contract he signed in 2016. 

Georgia is looking to replace Mel Tucker, who made $1.5 million as the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator and secondary coach. He left to become head coach at Colorado. Georgia had outside linebackers coach Dan Lanning, 32, and inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann, 28, handle the coordinating duties for the Sugar Bowl. Former Alabama and Oakland Raiders secondary coach Derek Ansley has also shown interest in the Bulldogs’ positions. 

Meanwhile, there are also reports that former Georgia graduate assistant and offensive analyst Todd Hartley has had contact with the Bulldogs about their tight ends vacancy. Hartley is currently out of work after serving as Mark Richt’s tight ends coach at Miami the past three years. 

The Bulldogs promoted James Coley to sole offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Friday after talking to several candidates about that joining the staff either as a co-coordinator or tight ends coach.

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